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SRC, ATIC extend tech research to Abu Dhabi

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:research? R&D? semiconductor? microelectronics?

Members of the Semiconductor Research Corp. will extend research partnerships with universities in Abu Dhabi, in a program sponsored by the Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC).

ATIC, the parent of GlobalFoundries, was created in 2008 as a technology investment company wholly-owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. Being the majority owner of GlobalFoundries Inc., Abu Dhabi has established itself as a player in the semiconductor industry, and it has stated its intention to bring semiconductor manufacturing to the emirate.

SRC and its member companies will increase their research activities in Abu Dhabi in partnership with key Abu Dhabi education institutions. ATIC will sponsor the research which will focus on low-power microelectronic applications. The value of the sponsorship and the period over which it would be offered were not disclosed.

"For almost 30 years, the semiconductor industry has been sponsoring precompetitive basic research at universities," said SRC president Larry Sumney, in a statement. "As the semiconductor industry has expanded globally, the sponsorship of basic research has spread beyond US borders to Europe and Asia. Now that the semiconductor industry is active in the Middle East, it is natural for SRC to establish a relationship with ATIC in Abu Dhabi."

"The development of Abu Dhabi as a hub for leading-edge semiconductor capabilities, research and development is enabling the emirate to realize its vision to diversify its economy away from dependency on oil and gas," said Sami Issa, ATIC's executive director responsible for Abu Dhabi ecosystem development, in the same statement. "ATIC is working on developing an R&D ecosystem for advanced technology, and our partnership with SRC is a definitive step in this direction."

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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